Taught course

Wildlife Management

University of Otago · Division of Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Science, or equivalent, in Zoology, Biology, or Ecology)
  • Or have alternative qualifications or experience in wildlife management or administration acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.
Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

The major objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (PGDipWLM) is to train students with the skills necessary for employment in some aspect of wildlife or ecological management or research. Other important goals of the course are to develop in students:

  • an understanding of the ecological basis of conservation, harvest management and pest control.
  • skills in handling, marking, observing and censuring wild animals.
  • an appreciation of the practical realities of wildlife management from the administrative and legal points of view.
  • a knowledge of the biology, ecology and behaviour of wild animals in New Zealand.
  • skills in communicating about the management of, and scientific research of, ecological communities. Verbal presentations, debating, dealing with the media, popular science writing and scientific report writing are all emphasised and taught.


The programme shall consist of 120 points comprising:

  • WILM 401 Principles of Wildlife Management
  • WILM 402 Techniques of Wildlife Management
  • Plus at least 80 points from WILM, ZOOL and other 400-level papers

Notes: Must include WILM 404 (or equivalent) if ZOOL 316 has not been passed previously.

A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers as prescribed above on the basis of previous study.

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $35,798

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip(WLM)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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